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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
An Ode: ‘Hark! the goddess of Fame’
 
Addressed to the Freemen of America, and of Pennsylvania in particular, on the dreadful crisis of affairs—From the Pennsylvania Evening Post, November 30, 1775.

  HARK! the goddess of Fame,
  Fair liberty’s dame,
Has sounded her trumpet victorious:
  To Americans all
  She sounds her loud call,        5
To join in a cause that is glorious.
 
  For your freedom and lives,
  Your children and wives
To defend, is the time now or never;
  Then tyrants oppose,        10
  America’s foes,
And be freemen both now and forever.
 
  Your grandsires of old
  Were courageous and bold:
By the smiles and the blessings of Heaven,        15
  Obtained this land,
  And by their command,
To you, as their heirs, it was given.
 
  May Heaven inspire
  Their sons with their fire,        20
For greater your danger was never:
  And while trumpets’ alarms
  Now sound you to arms,
Be valiant your rights to recover.
 
  Future eras of time        25
  Will gratefully join
In the praise of true patriot sages;
  America free
  Forever shall be,
Through all the vast volumes of ages.        30
 
 
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